Nine-year-old Louise Ashton just cannot wait until this Saturday – for it is the day she is to be crowned Catterall Gala Queen.

Catterall Gala queen in waiting, Louise Ashton (right) and cousin Georgia Wilkes, who will be her rosebud
Catterall Gala queen in waiting, Louise Ashton (right) and cousin Georgia Wilkes, who will be her rosebud
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Nine-year-old Louise Ashton just cannot wait until this Saturday – for it is the day she is to be crowned Catterall Gala Queen.

Louise, who is pictured here with her six-year-old cousin Georgia Wilkes, who will be her rosebud as part of Louise’s 12-strong retinue, will be crowned by her uncle, Corporal Wayne Stavert.

Louise, who was a rosebud to Catterall queen Grace Piela-Kirby in 2009 and has also taken part on floats has, says her mum Michelle, yearned to be queen since being a rosebud.

A pupil at Kirkland and Catterall Primary School, Louise lives in Catterall and loves gymnastics, being a member of Garstang School of Gymnastics, and ballet and tap with the Garstang School of Dance.

She is also keen on sports at school, particularly netball.

With organisers hoping for a sunny day, Catterall Gala will get underway at 1.30pm with the procession led by the morris dancers and Pilling Brass Band, who will be followed by retiring queen Niamh McShannon and new queen Louise and others.

Various dignitaries, Catterall Brownies and visiting queens will form the middle of the procession prior to the decorated floats and fancy dress sections.

Boddington Bells and Chorley Brass Band will form the rear of the procession.

Back at the village hall and playing fields, the crowning is due to take place at 2.45pm, followed by the judging of the floats and fancy dress.

The football tournament gets underway at 3.30pm with presentation by new queen Louise at 6pm and the drawing of the gala raffle at 6.30pm.

In the evening, weather permitting, there will be a family barbecue, to which all villagers are invited.